Zanu (PF) Frustrating Council's Bid To Stop Illegal Cultivation

Sanu (PF) Harare province chair Amos Midzi defended the practise, which causes soil erosion saying: “This is a political move aimed at sabotaging the efforts of our President Robert Mugabe who is giving away agriculture inputs to urban population in order to boost food security. They are doing so because they have realised that their Finance Minister Tendai Biti’s agriculture budget for this farming season has been surpassed by that of the President’s…”

Both Harare and Bulawayo City Councils are led by MDC-T.

The City authorities are on a massive maize crop slashing, saying the practise was not only an environmental disaster but the crop fields were a haven for criminals.

Zanu (PF) has been accusing MDC of sabotaging the land reform which it embarked on, in 2000, and only benefited its senior party members.

MDC said there should be a land audit to establish genuine land users.

President Robert Mugabe in December last year launched a parallel farm input distribution programme which his party is using for political campaign throughout the country.

The party is distributing the farming inputs to churches such as Johane Marange, urban and rural communities while demonising MDC, particularly Biti whom they accuse of failing to allocate enough funds to support the agriculture sector.